Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Introduction to Joshua

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8, NKJV

So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had said to Moses; and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Then the land rested from war.
Joshua 11:23, NKJV

Introduction to Joshua

For the next several weeks and months, I am hoping to do an in-depth study on the book of Joshua. As we see how God worked miraculously for the nation of Israel, so we will see that this same God moves and works on behalf of His people today as well.

The name, Joshua, literally means, "salvation." It is the same name translated "Jesus" is the New Testament. So we see that Joshua is a type of Christ. His name symbolizes the fact that, though he may be the leader of the Israelites, it is the Lord God who is the Conqueror.

Joshua 1:8 is a call to Christians of all ages. Let us faithfully meditate upon the Word of God day and night so that we may understand what is required of us by God. By His grace, may we find ourselves being obedient to His Word in a time when that obedience is ignored by the culture in which we live. Truly that obedience will give us prosperity and success, not necessarily financially, but spiritually.

Though the way was traversed with many difficulties, yet Joshua obeyed God and led the children of Israel into a conquest of the Holy Land. As promised God gave that land as an inheritance to His children, for it truly was a success granted to them by God, and not due to their greatness or military strength.

And so it is in our lives today. To God, alone, goes all the glory for the prosperity and success that we experience in this life. And, if that prosperity and success seem to evade us on this earth, we know that we will certainly obtain it when we reach the courts of Heaven. Then, we will truly have an eternal rest from all war.

As we study this book together, may we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and may His name be glorified above all.

God Bless You,

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